Damien A Passmore

Damien A. Passmore has been entertaining audiences in Reading and beyond for 20 years. His tongue-in-cheek take on country music owes as much to Spinal Tap and Tenacious D as it does to Garth Brooks and the Eagles, with songs about truck drivers, roadkill cuisine, the joys of getting older and some unlikely relationships! Whether […]

AYL? Comedy

New to Are You Listening? this year, we bring you comedy with Alex Farrow and Chelsea Kirby.


“captivating synth textures, spiraling melodies, and intricate rhythm” – The Line of Best Fit Earning her place in the avant-pop sisterhood of FKA Twigs, Grimes, Half-Waif and Natasha Kahn, Julia-Sophie’s palette is a mix of the hot, liquid, cool and electric. For all her spectral vocals, ethereal refrains there’s something earthy & intimate.

*Ocean Ruins* Replace English Teacher

“English Teacher prove they could be your new favourite band.” – The Line of Best Fit English Teacher’s latest track, ‘R&B’, fuses several of the band’s musical influences to create a dynamic and driving sonic experience. From raw, distorted guitar and bass reminiscent of Sonic Youth and Slint, to white-knuckle drums and assertive vocals not too dissimilar […]

The Rills

Championed by BBC Introducing as a keen one to watch, the band earned a spot on BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend and Reading and Leeds Festivals this year. Having brushed the shoulders of the UK’s underground circuit for years, including living stints in Sheffield and London, the band have returned home to Lincoln amid lockdown. […]

Katy J Pearson

‘Unwilling to compromise at the beck-and-call of others, she’s a true indie hero’ – Loud & Quiet Combining an incredibly unique voice with a penchant for timeless melody, the Heavenly Recordings-signed Pearson – recently seen on tour with Cass Mccombs and Pinegrove – pens tracks that only could have come from her years growing up […]


“Krautrock and new wave overtones invoking Kraftwerk and New Order.” – Louder Than War AK/DK are a Brighton-based duo, Graham Sowerby and Ed Chivers. The double drum and synth duo (Ed & G) return to AYL? to showcase songs off their third album ‘Shared Particles’. Their latest offering delivers all the high energy, motorik drums and […]

King Nun

“Delicious layers of distortion and noise” – Kerrang! “An energetic racket that sounded like nothing else on the bill” – Rolling Stone Since their formation while still at school in South West London, King Nun have earned themselves a formidable live reputation both sides of the Atlantic, having opened for acts including Foo Fighters, Black […]

Alex Farrow

“laugh-out-loud, cerebral silliness” – The Edinburgh Guide Alex is the host of award-winning Jericho Comedy in Oxford, as recommended by the Telegraph, the i Paper, Sunday Times, Chortle and Waitrose magazine. His show Bat Chat was the first stand-up performance anywhere in the UK in 2021. His philosophy themed solo shows have sold out at […]

Chelsea Kirby

“Personal, watchable” The Scotsman Having started in 2017 I am now regularly doing paid middles including at clubs at weekends (The Stand Glasgow, Backyard London, Komedia Brighton) and opening and middles at pro nights across the midlands and south, as well as regularly MC at ‘best night in the midlands’ (Chortle) three years running Jericho […]